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Construction trends to look for in 2016

Many plugged into the construction industry are seeing some good signs for the year ahead. Here are three things we have our eyes on in 2016:

1. General construction and building continuing to rise. Dodge Data & Analytics recently released their 2016 outlook. Dodge Data & Analytics is a leading provider of data, analytics, news and intelligence serving the North American construction industry. The report predicts that total U.S. construction starts for 2016 will rise 6% to $712 billion, following gains of 9% in 2014 and an estimated 13% in 2015. As the economy has rebounded and interest rates have stayed at or near all-time lows, many organizations are now investing in new projects or moving forward with projects that had been on hold for years.

2. Further integrating technology tools on the job site.  In a previous post we talked about how we use 3D modeling to help customers understand what the finished product will look like so that we can better talk through plans together. Construction experts agree this is a growing trend that more and more contractors will adopt. From the consolidation of multi-ap tools to one core project management to more mobile devices on job sites, tech is finding its new role in the construction industry.

year-growth-building-improvement-business-general-concept-white-background-500134493. More employment opportunities in construction. The available labor pool for skilled construction work has long been an issue around Tampa Bay. With spending on nonresidential buildings expected to rise another $40 billion in 2016, this chasm between skilled labor and employment will grow. The improving economy calls for new projects, which requires even more employees… Know someone who is interested in breaking into a new field? There are a number of free ways to be trained, certified and employed in the field of Tampa Bay area construction.

New 3D capability helps clients visualize projects

Engineers, architects and contractors regularly work with two-dimensional drawing to complete projects. This is a skill that takes years to perfect and hone. For the lay(wo)man, two-dimensional, black-and-white drawing can be challenging to read or interpret and yet this is the phase in which clients are asked to make many important decisions.

 
In some cases a client may see a project as it’s physically coming together and realize it’s not as they envisioned, then adjustments must be made. Adjustments often mean added cost, as well as increased time to complete projects.

3D color drawings can answer questions and show clients more realistically what a proposed project will look like. Understandable drawings empower construction managers to communicate more clearly with customers. And we all know thorough communication makes for better outcomes.

“Three dimensional color drawings give clients the opportunity to provide meaningful input into their projects because they’re working with visualizations that make sense to everybody.” Tobin Robeck, SVP, PJ Callaghan

3D images aren’t just about helping clients visualize projects – they help us too. For example, the software provides clash detection to quickly identify potential problems very early in the construction process. Maybe a proposed electrical wiring placement clashes with an air conditioning duct. Catching something like that in the drawing phase takes a couple minutes to fix, catching an issue like that once we’re in the field costs more time and resources.

 

This image shows where the proposal has a clash. This allows the drawings to be adjusted to avoid expensive complications down the line.
This image shows where a proposal had a clash. The technology helps make specific adjustments early to help avoid expensive changes later.
The Revit image scan be viewed on free software with any PC. We have used this technology to help such clients as Con-way Freight and our St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce where a buildout is currently underway (more on that project soon).

Protecting Metal Roofs During Rainy Season

 

headerDid you know your metal roof should be inspected every 10-15 years? Many folks assume because it’s metal, it’ll last a lifetime. And this is true, but what’s easy to forget is the smaller pieces can fail, such as cracked and dried gaskets, rusted screws, and old roof panel stoppers. And while these can seem like minor problems, when it rains, it pours. And if your roof isn’t fully sealed, rain can wreak havoc: damaging insulation, ruining warehouse equipment and causing mold.

THREE THINGS TO LOOK FOR THAT MAY SIGNAL ROOF ISSUES:

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1. If you have a drop ceiling, check for stains on the tiles.

2. For buildings that do not have a ceiling, be on the lookout for sagging insulation. The white vinyl backing to the insulation might resemble a water balloon protruding from the wall.

3. Other signs, such as rust on the roof panels, or fiberglass strands showing on skylights, can be tell tales of impending roof leaks.

And, if you don’t know how and where to walk on your metal roof, you could be doing even more damage, causing even more failure points for future leaks.

If you are qualified to hop up on the roof and look at the leak yourself, let’s talk about the three most common mistakes people make when trying to fix a leaky metal roof.

roofdamageTHREE COMMON MISTAKES MADE WHEN FIXING A ROOF:

1. While sealant may seem like a good idea, it’s a short-term fix. A very short-term fix. Plus, it has a tendency to dry out and make future repairs more difficult and costly.

2. Some think it would be a good idea to build a new roof over the old roof. While there are several problems with this, the main issue comes when you’re unable to find the old leaks because you’ve just gone and covered them up. Your insulation and other materials near the roof could still be damaged and in need of replacement…This band-aid technique is a definite no-go.

3. Some people attempt to cover their old insulation with fresh insulation, apparently thinking: sure the roof is leaking, but at least this new insulation will keep the rain from dripping into the warehouse…First of all, the second your insulation is damaged by water, you may need to consider replacement. Mold, mildew and other problems arise when insulation gets wet, so just covering it with new insulation is going to do nothing but mask an existing issue.

If you want to save time and energy, give us a call. We can come out and do a free roof inspection. If we find any issues, we’ll give you a quote and let you decide your next steps. We’ve been in the game for a while now, and we’re offering this service because we know what can happen when a roof isn’t properly cared for.

Give us a call or shoot us an email to set up your free metal roof inspection!

PJC featured in FL Business Observer

P.J. Callaghan has been doing business in Florida for 67 years, working with many leading organizations around the state.

A full-page feature this month in the Florida Business Observer logo-2013btouches on that history along with some of what we’re doing to stay ahead of the curve and continually innovate and communicate.

From updating our graphic identity (for the first time since the 1977), to expanding our construction services over the years, to utilizing steel far outside the industrial arena, to getting further involved in the community – we’re proud of where we’ve come from, where we’re going, and to be recognized by the Business Observer for these efforts.

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SVP Burket appointed to college advisory committee

SVP Tom Burket has been selected to serve on St. Petersburg College (SPC)’s Building Arts & Engineering Technology Advisory Committee. 

SPC’s Building Arts programs include such focuses as Architectural Design, Construction Technology, Drafting, and Design Technology. And certificate programs focus on such areas as Sustainable Design. 

SPC-TSSPC maintains a series of advisory committees “to provide oversight and make sure our educational programs remain on-point and effective.” Further information about the advisory role is available at SPCollege.edu/epicenter/advisory. The one-year appointment is effective today, July 1. 

In the confirmation letter to Burket, college president William D. Law said, “The college values the expertise and experience you will bring to the program and appreciates your willingness to assist.” 

Burket said, “As a growing construction company, we’re glad to do what we can to help bolster, promote, and support Tampa Bay’s strength in technical education.” 

A milestone worth mentioning

In business for well over a half-century, P.J. Callaghan Construction just signed contract number 2,500 in the company’s recorded history. 

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– all over Florida (some in Georgia), 

– largely focused on industrial, 

– largely focused on metal construction (which is more prominent today with non-industrial structures), 

– adding new service areas over the years, including construction management and design-build services, 

– always a family business, currently run by its 3rd and 4th generations, and 

– maintaining tenets the company was founded upon, including a core focus on rooted personal relationships.  

– (note, this reflects the number of projects since implementing a new recording system in 1980). 

We especially felt that this one was worth noting considering the work is with Southeastern Freight Lines – for which PJC has been doing projects all across Florida for more thaScreen Shot 2015-06-24 at 9.10.01 PMn 20 years… (This got us looking through decades-old three-ring binders of projects we’ve done – the image here lists a few in the early thousands). 

We’re very proud and fortunate to have such long-term relationships with industry-leading organizations, and with such great people. 

Now Hiring: Construction Superintendent

PJC continues to add positions to its growing team to meet new demands. Currently we’re in the market for an experienced construction superintendent, with interior build-out experience…

Position:  PROJECT SUPERINTENDENT

Responsibilities / Description:

  • Directly supervise multiple commercial construction projects.
  • Management includes: safety, construction schedule, subcontractors, estimating, change orders, and managing project budgets.
  • Ensure quality control and propose value-engineering opportunities.
  • Provide exemplary customer service to clients, with sharp communication skills both internally and externally.
  • Exceptional organization skills.
  • Notes: Outdoor work environment. Travel within the state of Florida.

Qualifications / Required Skills:

  • Experience with interior build-outs.
  • Minimum three years construction experience.
  • Construction knowledge and metal building construction experience.
  • Permitting, Microsoft Project, Estimating, Scheduling skills/knowledge.
  • Communication, Risk Management, Contracts, Organization, Analyzing Plans, Attention to Detail.
  • Minimum high school diploma or equivalent.

About P.J. Callaghan:

Founded in 1948, P.J. Callaghan Construction is a multi-generational, family-run general contracting firm focused solely on commercial construction. P.J. Callaghan’s success was built on developing lasting relationships with its customers and partners, some of whom the company has worked with for decades. While the company specializes in pre-engineered metal buildings, it also offers such services as general contracting, design-build, construction management, and facility maintenance. Information at: www.PJCallaghan.com.

Applicants:

Email resume, references, and any other applicable information to: info@PJCallaghan.com. PJC hiring manager will contact qualified candidates.

P.J. Callaghan adds Industrial Designer

Another significant addition to the growing team, Kye Schidleman has over a decade of experience in industrial construction and electrical design.

He brings experience leading the design and production of deliverable drawings, collaborating across engineering departments, reviewing and resolving model conflicts, reviewing and analyzing electrical equipment specifications and NEC standards, and reviewing electrical diagrams and wiring schematics related to such considerations as equipment loads and sizing cable.

Over the past year, P.J. Callaghan has created several new positions, while also promoting several within.

Click here for more about Kye.

Contributing to the St. Pete evolution

A family-run construction company with roots around Tampa Bay, P.J. Callaghan is proud to play a role in the development of several community institutions in the vibrant and continually evolving St. Petersburg. The work and the organizations are varied – a common thread is that each is a valued presence, bringing something meaningful to the way-of-life in St. Pete.

PJC is set to begin a 15,000 square-foot addition of new classrooms and offices for Northwest Church of Christ. PJC was able to save significant budget for the church with creative value-engineering as well as a discount on labor costs. Multiple PJC employees attend the church (a nod to the company’s familial natuJANUARY 2015 016 - Copyre).

Recent clients also include: The reinvented Oyster Bar on downtown’s Central Avenue (overhauled entrance, and interior work); Pier design contender St. Pete Design Group (helped outfit design studio); and long-successful, nonprofit, abilities-focused PARC (pro bono horticultural project).

Enthusiastic about the community, PJC also is an active member with the St. Petersburg Chamber and has leaders involved with several local civic endeavors, from Engage St. Pete to the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board.

A pillar of PJC’s business is in working with neighbors and friends and helping others where possible. SVP Tobin Robeck said, “We should do these things, and we want to do them – plus we truly believe that helping build a stronger community makes for stronger businesses and residents within it.”

President John Burket added, “We love this area – and we think it’s pretty cool to continue to make our marks on the community.”

PJC launches first of video series

In P.J. Callaghan’s continued efforts to 1) participate in today’s multitude of communications channels to show more of who we are, and 2) serve as a resource in the construction industry, the company launches its first in a series of videos.

As an introduction and initial video on PJC’s new YouTube channel, this one covers some fundamental basics of choosing and working with a contractor. Moving forward, videos will get more in-depth with industry topics and practices, aiming to serve as a helpful resource to our experienced colleagues in the construction business. As part of this, we’ll highlight the work and methods of P.J. Callaghan.

Keep up with videos and more via YouTube or Facebook.

This video was produced by St. Petersburg video production company Roundhouse Creative.